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What Are The Disadvantages Of The Contraceptive Sponge
High failure rate: The failure rate within the first year for patients who have never had a baby before is 9-16%. For patients who have had a baby, the failure rate is 26-30%. If your are looking for non-hormonal contraception, i would recommend an iud or diaphragm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good option!: The sponge is a good option for a non-hormonal/barrier form of contraception. It is about 90% effective...If used correctly! easy to use. Single use only (~$3.00 each). Comfortable for you & your partner. Comes with the spermicide embedded in the sponge so less "messy". Can be placed up to 24 hours prior & must be left in place for at least 6 hours after last vaginal intercourse. Diaphragm? ...Read more
6 hours: The contraceptive sponge must be left in place for at least 6 hours after your last sex act. It can be left in the vagina for up to 24 hours even with multiple acts of intercourse. It’s approximately 85% effective, similar to condoms or a diaphragm at protecting against an unplanned pregnancy. Contrast that with birth control pills which are about 95% and the IUD 99% effective. ...Read more
Most women: My pts, don't like it, and don't forget to take it out at the appropriate time or it coulkd cause an infection, but for some women it works fine. ...Read more
Yes: You should not use the contraceptive sponge during your menstrual period because of risks of toxic shock syndrome. You should not use the sponge if you have an allergy to sulfa or nonoxynol 9 spermicide. For other questions regarding the sponge, please see their website at http://todaysponge.Com/faq.Html and http://www.Todaysponge.Com/answers2.Html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Of course, but ...: Of course, the inquired contraceptive products works well for many, but not suitable for everyone due to personal adaptability, possible related discomfort and convenience, money, etc. Yet, facts: No known contraceptive measures give 100% acceptance and success. For detail? Go to see your gyn-doc / PCP timely. Best wish... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Best if no delivery: The sponge is more effective for women who have never given birth. If women who have never given birth always use the sponge as directed, 9 out of 100 will become pregnant each year. If women who have never given birth don't always use the sponge as directed, 12 out of 100 will become pregnant each year. 20/100 and 24/100 if previously given birth vaginally. ...Read more
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Can getting cervicitis from contraceptive (Today Sponge) worsen HPV (low risk) conditions or cause warts?
It depends: Every contraceptive has advantages and disadvantages. It all depends on your physical condition, preferences and risk factors. Why not do some research on a web site such as familydoctor.org, which has a good handout on this issue, and then discuss the pros and cons with a doctor who might prescribe contraceptives to you? ...Read more
Big Question: This is a good over view by Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/birth-control/basics/birth-control-basics/hlv-20049454 ...Read more
Abstinence/vasectomy: To truly avoid pregnancy- abstinence is the best form of contraception- however since it would mean eliminating a desireable behavior- the next best option is vasectomy which is a minor surgical procedure that is permanent- then condomswould be the next option. At this point there are no other forms of male contraception available- but there are active studies working to develop a pill for men. ...Read more
All women differ: At this point the pill remains the most commonly prescribed form of birth control. But preference can be dependednt on availability and not always related to whats available. The Implanon or iud are methods often desired by women who want longer acting birth control but not permanent- that you dont have to tae daily. The shotfor women w difficult cycles- but ring and patch are also common. ...Read more
Abstinence! But...: Clearly not having sex is the most effective at 100% (less one person depending on your religion!). A vasectomy is probably the most effective both in terms of cost (long term) and success rate. Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud, and Nexplanon implants are the next most effective. These latter two are reversible. Essure tubal implants are permanent and very successful with few side effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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